“The world has misplaced a uncommon ingredient that we’ll all be looking for, for a while,” displays Julie Huntsinger, Telluride Movie Competition Govt Director. “I’d typically discover myself feeling unhappy for individuals who didn’t get to know Tom Luddy correctly. He had a sphinxlike high quality that took a bit of time to get round, for some. However when you knew him, you had been welcomed right into a kingdom of artwork, historical past, intelligence, humor, and joie de vivre that you just knew you couldn’t be with out. He made life richer. Magical. He referred to as Telluride a labor of affection for a really very long time. We’re so a lot better off due to him and that labor. We on the Competition owe it to him to hold on his legacy; his dedication to and love for cinema, above all.”
Born June 4th, 1943, in New York Metropolis, Tom started his profession in movie as a scholar at UC Berkeley (1962-1965) the place he was this system director of a number of scholar movie societies together with the F.W. Murnau Movie Society, the Slate Movie Society, and the Pupil Union Movie Sequence. In 1964 he labored because the assistant to Ed Landberg on the Berkeley Cinema Guild, Repertory Cinema.
Upon graduating, Luddy was employed at Brandon Movies in New York as its director of nationwide distribution from 1966 – 1967 the place he labored with Pier Paolo Pasolini on the US launch of “Accatone” and with Alain Resnais on the US launch of “La Guerre Est Fini.” He then made the transfer to the Telegraph Repertory Cinema in Berkeley as its program director (1967 – 1969) whereas additionally helping creative director Albert Johnson on the San Francisco Worldwide Movie Competition (1967 – 1973). In 1968 Luddy curated an entire (thus far) retrospective of the movies of Jean-Luc Godard for the Pacific Movie Archive, and in 1969 he organized two US faculty excursions for the college artwork museum in Berkeley with Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Pierre Gorin for the Dziga Vertov Group. From 1970 – 1972 Luddy, together with Mel Novikoff, was program director for Surf Interplayers Cinema in San Francisco. In 1972 he joined the Pacific Movie Archive in Berkeley as its program director and curator of movie till 1979.
Along with Invoice and Stella Pence and James Card, Tom co-founded the Telluride Movie Competition in l974. Their imaginative and prescient, which started in a small opera home theatre, has advanced over the previous fifty years into one of the crucial revered movie festivals on the earth. Luddy had remained with the Competition as co-director, then creative director and advisor till the tip of 2022.
Luddy was the American jury member on the forty sixth Cannes Movie Competition below jury chairman Louis Malle. He additionally served on the juries of the eleventh Moscow Movie Competition, the thirty eighth Berlin Movie Competition and a number of other others together with the Cartegena, Mexico Metropolis, Morelia, Tehran, and San Paolo Movie Festivals. Luddy served as a member of the five-person choice committee for the New York Movie Competition (l979 – 1982) in addition to West Coast programming marketing consultant in 1978, 1983 – 1984. He served because the affiliate director for the San Francisco Worldwide Movie Competition from 1980 – 1983, was a multiyear member and president of the board of administrators below chairman George Gund and continued as a member of its advisory board from 1980 by 2022. Luddy additionally served over a decade as each program curator for the Documentary Movie Institute at San Francisco State College starting in 2005 and as an official marketing consultant to the Berlin Movie Competition starting in 2007.